BY THE SEA

I am once again on the market for a linen sundress – which I think I may just end up making myself, though on my hunt I discovered some truly lovely pieces. Here’s one from the Etsy shop, goodmorningmidnight:


{source: goodmorningmidnight, via Etsy}

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BEST BREAD

It’s the height of summertime (or feels like it, anyway), which means that all kinds of amazing fruits are either in – or about to be in – season. I’m already drowning in July’s cherries, and gearing up for August’s blueberries and concord grapes. I know that concord grapes aren’t for everyone, with their powerful, grape soda-like flavor, but I love them. The best bread I’ve ever made is Smitten Kitchen’s concord grape focaccia with rosemary – the rosemary really tones down the sweetness of the grapes, bringing out their full, almost perfume-like flavor. Highly recommended.


{source: Smitten Kitchen}

WHITEWASHED

I know I’ve been quiet for a few days, but I have a good reason: a family get-together in Maryland, where it already feels like early summer. After a four-mile walk along a creek today, we feasted on grilled thin crust pizza with olives and thick slices of Port Salut layered on apple slices while we traded stories about biking, skiing, and even riding Segways into near-disaster. All in all, a lovely Sunday.

One thing I noticed on my walk today was that, among the stately brick homes lining the streets of my aunt’s town, there were a few particularly beautiful houses slathered in watery white paint. I know I’ve seen this before, but I had never really noticed how wonderful it looks again the lush trees and blooming greenery of April. I wish I’d taken pictures of some of the prettier ones, but in the meantime these will have to do:

White Wash
{source: bigcityal’s photostream}


{source: Superette}